Sutherland understood that the body works as a whole unit of function. He explained the key concepts, called them the five phenomena, as a way of studying and understanding whole body function. The course introduces each of these five phenomena, with treatment approaches that you can use immediately in practice.
The five phenomena are:
These five phenomena are an oversimplification of a very subtle and complex whole body unit of function. Contemporary scientific research has enhanced our understanding of these phenomena and this will be presented on the course.
This course will help you understand how treating the involuntary mechanism (IVM) can be applied to all, from paediatrics to geriatrics, and how to attain better outcomes of treatment from day one with Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT) and other modalities covered on the course:
In the first half of the course you will learn to recognise the unique palpatory quality of the structures making up each of the five phenomena, and begin to understand how they relate to each other. The second half of the course moves into the area of diagnosis and treatment, including the fascia, face and intra-osseous problems.
This course will teach you treatment approaches that you will be able to use immediately in your practice.
The course consists of a well balanced mixture of short lectures or workshops followed by practical sessions. You will work in small groups of 1 tutor to 4 students, giving you almost individual tuition in the practicals. Time is set aside at the end of each day for individual reflection and discussion with your tutor.
Excellent course notes are provided.
|2 - 6 September 2017||£950 (non-residential)|
|10 - 14 March 2018||£950 (non-residential)|
|10 - 14 September 2018||£990 (non-residential)|
|6 - 10 March 2019||£990 (non-residential)|
A limited number of recent graduate bursaries are available worth £150 off the cost of the course.
Scholarships worth up to 50% off non-residential course fees are available (valid from September 2017). Alternatively, a limited number of bursaries are available worth £150 to new graduates. Click for details!
Yes. You need to have had some previous training in cranial palpation. This can be the SCCO Introductory course, previous courses with another provider (please check with the course office), or undergraduate training.
Cranial treatment is highly sought after by patients, who enjoy the fact that it is so gentle and yet so effective.
You will be able to apply the knowledge and palpation skills gained on this course directly in your practice. It will deepen your osteopathic understanding of your current patients and allow you to treat a wider range of patients and conditions.
The cranial approach to osteopathy can be integrated into your current osteopathic approach in many ways. This can either be as a diagnostic tool, for local or whole body treatment, or to assess the efficacy of your structural approach.
Yes, any osteopath can learn this approach. As with learning any skill, practice makes perfect and it takes many years of study and practice to become expert. It is certainly true that some people find it easier to learn than others, but SCC tutors are expert at recognizing the individual needs of students and giving appropriate help.
Cranial osteopathy is difficult to ‘prove’. But modern scientific understanding of physiology, in particular the physiology of fascia and electromagnetics in the body, are increasingly validating the theory and palpatory experiences of cranial osteopaths.
Keep a learning log to record questions, successes and failures. This can be a really useful way of mapping your progress, and highlighting areas where you need to seek help or do further study.
Review relevant anatomy after you have seen your patients, this really helps to develop your understanding of what has changed during treatment.
Joining the mentoring scheme can be really useful for ongoing support after the course.
Refresher days: bring your questions to a refresher day where experienced tutors will help you consolidate the learning from the course
Repeat this course: There is a lot to take in on this course, and many students find it useful to repeat the course to consolidate their learning, and to help to apply it in practice.
Join the SCCO pathway: If you are interested in exploring this approach to osteopathy in more depth, the SCCO pathway is tailor made for you. You can take the courses in any order.
You may repeat this as many times as you wish. Although repeating this course at Module 3 level is no longer a compulsory part of the pathway, feedback from students who have taken this course at M3 in the past is consistently positive. Coming to the course with more clinical experience enables you to gain a deeper understanding and insight into the concepts, particularly in practical sessions. This will improve your confidence with your palpation. Our experienced tutors are able to identify your individual needs and gently guide you to open new doors of understanding and awareness, which will directly benefit your clinical practice.
Recent feedback has shown that 86% of our students rate our course's value for money as excellent and very good.
SCCO prides itself on an exceptional standard of teaching, which is personalised to meet individual needs.